Jersey City Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyers
Whether you use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft for work or for a day of shopping at Newport Centre, there is no denying the convenience and relative privacy these services offer. By merely opening an app on your smartphone, you can book a direct trip while avoiding the crowds at the CNJ station.
Being injured in an Uber or Lyft vehicle accident can be a frightening and traumatic experience. It can also be more confusing than an accident that doesn’t involve a ridesharing driver and company. In a Jersey City Uber/Lyft accident, you may have many avenues to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. You will need an experienced Jersey City personal injury attorney, like those at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, to discover the facts. We can learn the identities of all parties involved, as well as the related insurance companies, and go to work finding appropriate compensation for you.
Ridesharing options have increased in Jersey City due to rising demand. This also increases your odds of being injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle. After over 40 years in business in Jersey City, the Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers legal team has experience in all kinds of automobile accidents, including those involving Uber/Lyft vehicles in and around Hudson County.
If you were injured in a rideshare accident through no fault of your own, call Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers at (201) 583-5765 today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss your case and review your options for moving forward.
Types of Uber/Lyft Accident Cases Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Handles
Logging into the Uber or Lyft digital network through a phone app can lead to distracted driving and carelessness, just one of the types of accidents that Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers handles. We also skilled at securing compensation in Uber/Lyft accidents in Jersey City caused by:
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Failure to stop for pedestrians
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Following another vehicle too closely (tailgating)
- Changing lanes carelessly
- Road rage
- Running a red or yellow traffic light
- Unqualified or inexperienced drivers
- Unsafe or illegal turns, including U-turns
- Unsafe driving for weather conditions
- Wrong-way driving
- Other negligent or dangerous driving
Under state law, Uber and Lyft vehicles must be clearly identified and drivers have to carry detailed identification. If any of this is lacking, your claim and possible lawsuit are stronger. That’s why it’s important to contact the attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers immediately. The sooner you get us on board, the sooner we can begin gathering information to build a strong case for you.
Compensation for Uber/Lyft Accident Cases
Both Uber and Lyft require their drivers to carry insurance that meets the minimum New Jersey requirements, but depending on the policy the driver chooses, it may not apply when that driver is working for Uber or Lyft without specific rideshare coverage or a rideshare endorsement.
Uber and Lyft, as well as any other ridesharing companies offering their services in Jersey City, must register as a New Jersey Transportation Network Company (TNC). These companies fall under New Jersey’s Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act if they “use a digital network to connect a rider to a driver to provide a prearranged ride.” This Act is designed to increase the safety of the passengers and mandates specific TNC insurance requirements.
Any TNC operating in the state must apply for a permit from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). These permits are only valid for one year and then must be renewed. Uber/Lyft drivers do not need any special permit from the MVC – simply approval by Uber/Lyft according to each company’s driver selection and approval policies and procedures.
The laws governing the TNC require Uber/Lyft to provide insurance so that they meet the requirements under the TNC Safety and Regulatory Act. According to these requirements, the insurance must cover the driver even when the driver does not yet have a passenger but is logged into the app (digital network) seeking a passenger, as well as when the driver has a passenger.
The coverage limits for when the Uber/Lyft driver is carrying a passenger is $1.5 million in liability, plus another $1.5 million in underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage, and at least $10,000 for medical payments per person per accident.
If the Uber/Lyft driver is logged into the app merely looking for a passenger but not driving with one, the coverage lowers to $50,000 for death or bodily injury per person, or $100,000 for death or bodily injury for the entire accident, and an additional $25,000 for property damage.
Uber/Lyft accident victims should receive compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. The legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers will file the correct claims for our clients to make sure that this justice happens.
Who’s at Fault for an Uber/Lyft Accident and Why it Makes a Difference in New Jersey
New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means that if you are injured in an auto accident, you look to your own insurance for coverage of your accident-related medical expenses. After that, you look to the at-fault driver’s insurance for compensation beyond what your policy will cover.
If an Uber/Lyft driver causes an accident in which you’re injured when they are merely looking for a passenger, you can look to their personal policy next. After you exhaust their coverages, you may pursue compensation from the Uber/Lyft company policies.
If an Uber/Lyft driver causes an accident in which you’re injured when they have a passenger, then you would go first through your own insurance, and then you would go through the rideshare company’s insurance policy.
If your Uber/Lyft driver is not at fault in an accident, you will have to seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the other driver does not have insurance or does not have enough policy coverage to cover your injuries and damages, you should seek a claim against the Uber/Lyft commercial policy.
Timing is very important in New Jersey if you need to file a lawsuit against any of the parties involved in an Uber/Lyft accident. In most cases, you will have to file any lawsuit within two years after the accident occurred. Any claim filed in the courts after that will likely be dismissed, and with it, your opportunity to get compensation through the court system.
It’s best not to wait to engage an attorney. It takes time to research the facts of the accident and to get all the appropriate parties into settlement negotiations. If you wait until settlement negotiations stall to engage an attorney, you may already have missed your two-year window.
Why Hiring an Attorney is Important After an Uber/Lyft Accident in New Jersey
New Jersey also requires TNCs like Uber/Lyft to conduct criminal background and driving record checks on its drivers before hiring them. The attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers can conduct an investigation to make sure that New Jersey Uber/Lyft operators met all of these requirements. If they didn’t, we may be able to pursue additional claims against them on your behalf.
If you are a passenger in an Uber/Lyft vehicle in Jersey City, it’s important that you gather certain evidence to be able to prove your claims:
- Your driver’s name and contact information, including their insurance information.
- Contact information from any other drivers involved in the accident (including their insurance information).
- Contact information from people who were at the scene and witnessed the accident. If law enforcement showed up to write a traffic report, this information should be on the report. Get a copy from the officer or from the police station.
- A receipt from your ride.
- A copy of the report about the accident that you make to the ridesharing company. You should be able to do this on your app if you have one. Take screenshots of the report.
- If you can, get photographs of the ridesharing vehicle you were riding in, and other photos of the accident scene. If you are injured and cannot take photos, they should be in the accident report.
Additional steps you will want to take:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. Do this even if you can walk away from the accident. Save all of your medical records and receipt.
- Do not give any statement to an insurance company representative.
- Contact the experienced Jersey City Uber/Lyft accident legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers.
Turn to the Experienced Team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Following an Uber/Lyft Accident in Jersey City
Don’t wait around and watch your bills pile up while you are trying to recover from your injuries and losses in an Uber/Lyft accident. You shouldn’t have to focus on anything except your recovery. At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we take on the burden of gathering all of the evidence from your accident and standing up to insurance companies whose job is to deny claims or pay out as little as possible.
We have extensive experience in fighting these battles, and we will fight for you. We also take the time to get to know you, and we make ourselves available to answer any questions or concerns you have. Give Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers a call today at (201) 583-5765 for your free consultation. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work so you can get on the road to recovery.